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BOOK PAGE WREATH

Betsy Crocker: Book Page WreathDISCLAIMER: NO GOOD BOOKS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS PROJECT!

If your love of books is anything like mine then you totally understand the need for the above disclaimer. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. My major in college was English and I had no problem with the one-novel-per-week homework for each course. I actually looked forward to it despite everyones whats-wrong-with-that-girl eyebrows. Now, one of my favorite places to be is at my (soon to be) Sister-in-law’s used bookstore but, sadly, I don’t always have enough time to read.

When I saw different versions of this wreath popping up all over the internet I knew I had to make one.  Armed with nothing more than a single inspiration picture stored in my iPhone library I was determined  All I really knew was that I wanted this thing to be big and there was no way I was murdering any of my books no matter how adorable the end product may be! And then I remembered I’d been hauling a bag of tattered, old books around in my trunk for the last 3 months that were destined for Goodwill. So, I hauled those babies right back inside. See! I knew there was a reason for my extreme procrastination!

I used two different sized books for the wreath. Two small goosebumps books for the inner parts of the wreath and a bigger one fot the outside and back (three books total). I spent one night planted in front of the TV just rolling and stapling book pages and assembled everything the next night.

I debated making the wreath frame out of thick cardboard but wasn’t sure if that would give me the right amount of depth I was looking for. After a quick trip the dollar store I settled on a wooden branch frame that I covered with newspaper and duct tape to give it a better shape and make it a little more sturdy.

Then, starting with the larger pages (if you’re using two different sizes) start hot gluing the pages to the wreath face down. I just started gluing until there was no space left. I also trimmed the tails off the pages after they were glued down to keep the middle of the wreath open. Once you got everything covered and clipped, turn it over. It should look something like this:

Betsy Crocker: Book Page Wreath

For the front, I did one row of the larger book pages before I started on the smaller ones. Just keep gluing, and gluing, and gluing. And try not to burn yourself! It sucks, trust me!

Now it’s time to clean up that middle section.

Betsy Crocker: Book Page Wreath

Gently turn over the wreath and lay it face down. Take the tail end of the middle pages, fold them back and glue in place. One thing I learned in the process is that when you get to the last few pages in the middle of the wreath, try to get the staple as close to the bottom of the roll as possible. This will make it much easier to hide the staples. If you can’t get low enough, try using a piece of scotch tape.

Turn it back over and check for any empty spots and fill in with extra pages. I also added a ribbon with two staples and reinforced it with a little hot glue to make sure it wouldn’t fall down. I used a gray ribbon so it could stay up all year since I decided to gift it to the bookstore.

Betsy Crocker: Book Page Wreath

There really is no better home for it.

DIY: Scratch Off Tickets

Every time I go to the grocery store I make sure to have a few extra dollars on hand so I can buy a scratch off ticket. Even though I hardly ever win, there’s something exiting about the possibility of what lies beneath the thin layer of silver paint. I always load the groceries and dig the ticket out of my purse and scratch it before leaving the parking lot and I can’t help but think about Charlie Bucket finding the last golden ticket as I start scratching.

When I saw the idea on Pinterest (of course) I knew I need to whip up a few for the bookstore’s (Second Edition Book Shop) next sidewalk sale. Once I figured out what I was really doing they were pretty easy.

I figured I could save you a lot of hassle and mess-ups with my tips, so I threw together this quick little tutorial:

Materials
Perforated Business Cards (Or you can cut them yourself from regular paper)
Packing Tape
Painters Tape
Acrylic Paint
Dish Soap
Paint Brush

Directions

I used Word to type up what I wanted my scratch off tickets to say (using the template number on the package) and printed out a few pages.

Tear off the top side and bottom perforations, but leave the cards attached in strips.

 
Cover the strips with long pieces of packing tape. I used two pieces per strip (one for the top half and one for the bottom half). Leave a little extra tape on each end and fold it back on itself, making a little flap. This is so paint doesn’t get on the back of the card. I wish I would have thought of this before my first batch.


Tape off the areas you don’t want to get paint on with blue painters tape. Make sure you really press the tape down so no paint bleeds through and you get a nice crisp line.

Grab the acrylic paint (you can use any color, I used silver to mimic real scratch offs) and mix two parts paint to one part dish soap (any brand).

Paint THIN even coats. You will probably need 2-3 coats before it completely opaque.

Wait for it to dry and slowly peel off the painters tape and cut between the cards.

Viola!